French Jets Join Lowestoft Airshow Display Festival 2009

French Jets Join Lowestoft Airshow Display Festival 2009 from Lowestoft | Hotels & Holidays

By: Lowestoft | Hotels & Holidays  15/07/2009
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Next week’s Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival was given an exciting boost this week with the announcement of late additions to the flying programme from the French and American Air Forces.

Organisers of the Lowestoft airshow, which is being held on Thursday July 23rd & Friday July 24th were thrilled to hear this week that the French Air Force is sending two Alpha Jets while the United States Air Force has now added a Sikorsky helicopter to its already announced contribution of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

These amazing aircraft are in addition to the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter from the Royal Netherlands Air Force and they bring a strong international presence to an already action-packed and spectacular line-up.

It is the first time in 13 years that the French Air Force has taken part in the Lowestoft event. The Alpha Jet is a twin-engine, two-seat subsonic trainer developed between France and Germany as a replacement for Magisters and G91s in their respective Air Forces.

The French version is used as an advanced jet trainer for combat aircrews while the German Alpha Jet was used primarily as a strike aircraft for close air support for ground forces.

The Sikorsky HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter is used by the USAF to conduct day or night combat search and rescue operations into hostile environments to rescue downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war.

It is also used in peacetime operations for civil search and rescue, emergency evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counter-drug activities and NASA space shuttle support.

With a crew of four, the twin-engined helicopter has a maximum speed of 224 mph and can fly at a maximum height of 14,000 ft. It can carry up to 12 troops and other cargo.

With the famous Red Arrows and the world’s only airworthy Avro Vulcan bomber headlining the popular event another huge crowd is expected.

With other airshows around the country reporting attendances up by 10 to 15 per cent, Lowestoft’s regular display commentator Tim Callaway believes that last year’s record attendance of an estimated 440,000 could well be beaten.

“In the past the Lowestoft Air Festival has always been regarded as a family fun day out,” said Mr Callaway, “but this year’s display programme is attracting great interest from real air enthusiasts and there is a real buzz about it.”

Apart from those already mentioned, the programme also includes historic Second World War aircraft like the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane and some examples of this country’s earliest and unique jets such as the Gloster Meteor, the Venom and Jet Provost.

Firm favourites with spectators at Lowestoft, the Blades aerobatic team of four former Red Arrows pilots and the daredevil Team Guinot wingwalkers are also performing again.

With more than four hours of flying action and 22 displays scheduled for both days, together with a seafront full of ground attractions, there will be something for everyone at the 13 Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

And all organisers are asking for is a voluntary £2 donation to help meet the £300,000 cost of the event and to ensure that the Air Festival goes ahead in 2010.

The flying display programme starts at 12.35pm on Thursday and at 11.30am on Friday. Ground attractions will be open from 10am and the Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday is planned to start at 9.30pm.

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